Hundreds of people of many races gathered Saturday in Columbia’s Five Points for the 13th Annual Statewide Black History Parade and Festival, and unity was the theme.
Leading the parade were the “Unity in the Community Walkers,” a diverse group including Deputy Chief Melron Kelly of the Columbia Police Department. The Keenan High School and Benedict College bands performed, along with the Claflin University dance team.
The parade also included residents from Ward One, a historically black Columbia neighborhood, as well as a group of the South Carolina Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers. The City of Columbia will host another commemoration of Black History Month Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. More details are available at the city’s website.